Region A Partnership for Children Smart Start Programs
Child Care Subsidy: Provides Smart Start Subsidy payments for children when state subsidies are not available for eligible families and enhancements for high quality infant care to supplement the cost of additional staff to increase quality for infants and toddlers
WAGE$: Provides childcare teachers and directors enrolled in early childhood degree programs with salary supplements tied to their level of education to reduce turnover and increase education of teachers in childcare.
Child Care Health Consultants: Health Educators assist childcare providers in ensuring high standards of health and safety are met within childcare and pre-k settings throughout the seven counties of Region A.
Child Care Training: On-site technical assistance and coaching is provided for childcare staff to enhance the quality of childcare and help teachers understand better how to support healthy social and emotional development and positive behavior in classrooms.
Raising a Reader: A Coordinator assists childcare providers in working with families to distribute nationally recognized literacy materials to children to increase the frequency of reading at home and raise the level of understanding of the importance of reading both in the home and in the childcare centers, in Pre-K classrooms, private child care and Head Start centers across the Region.
Reach Out and Read: Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read’s National Evidence-Based Literacy model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. Increases the frequency of visits for well child checkups and the understanding of families of the importance of reading early at ten Pediatric Practices.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL): Smart Start funds the purchase of books and postage from DPIL to mail high quality, age appropriate books each month to each child enrolled, until the child’s fifth birthday. Up to 60 books for each child – at no cost to families.
Family Support Network (FSN): Provides support and information for parents/caregivers with children with special needs to help them access appropriate resources as well as with other caregivers with similar circumstances to build community support in coping with their shared concerns. FSN helps families feel like they are not alone in caring for a child with special needs.
Parents as Teachers (PAT): PAT Educators use the National Curriculum to increase family well-being, support enhanced developmental parenting and parent child interaction while encouraging early literacy, responding to parents’ concerns about child rearing and linking families to community resources.